Wednesday 30 October 2013

Epic Day Male Card


On Monday I showed you a card I'd made as a sample for a Masculine Cards class that I'd run recently.  Here is one of the other cards we made at that class.

This card showed a great way to use up the multitued of little scraps of patterned paper you always seem to end up with.  I just cut them to the same height and adhered them to a piece of backing cardstock. The widths don't matter, in fact I think different widths look better than uniform widths.

A bit tricky to see, but I scored some lines between the sentiment and the DSP panel.  Scor
ing is a great way to add some interest to a card.

We used the Soda Pop Tops (now retired) to add a feature to the card.  We stamped the compass from The Open Sea to go into the Soda Pop Top and then covered it with a layer of Crystal Effects.  In hindsight I would have stamped it in a darker ink.

Bye for now,


Monday 28 October 2013

Foil Embossing


Today's card has some retired product on it, but I thought I'd show you anyway.  It shows a great technique, and it was one we made in a Masculine Cards class a few months back.

Isn't the metallic background awesome?  So simple too - it's just kitchen foil adhered to some cardstock and embossed in the Big Shot.  Easy peasy!

Fabulous technique for male cards as it adds a really industrial look to the card.

Bye for now,


Friday 25 October 2013

JAI #188: Just Add Grunge


Here we go again!

This week at Just Add Ink the lovely Paula has challenged us to add grunge to our projects. Great!  My Gorgeous Grunge stamp set has been getting a real workout lately.  Luckily I love it so much!

I also used another grungy type stamp - Off The Grid -  and paired it with an old favourite for male cards called The Open Sea.

The colour combination I used for the card was Soft Sky, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla.  Lots of sponging on the card, but the end result is lovely.  Wait - can a grungy card be lovely?  I know what is lovely - the new Burlap Ribbon from the Holiday Catalogue.

There you go!  Will you play along at Just Add Ink this week?  Give grunge a go - it's lots of fun!

Bye for now,


Wednesday 23 October 2013

Happy Birthday Hudson!


My not-so-baby boy turned 6 last month. Anyone discovered a magic formula for stopping them growing up yet??? The last year has flown by so quickly - he's been at school for a year now. Sigh...

If you're the parent/grand parent of a toddler you probably already know that this gorgeous creature is Little Charley Bear.  Are you there Charley Bear?  Hudson absolutely LOVES Charley Bear. We had two 9 hour drives during the holidays and Hudson watched his Charley Bear DVD the whole way.  Yes, 9 hours straight of Charley Bear.  Twice.  So what else was I going to do but make him a Charley Bear card for his birthday?

To make Charley Bear I found this printable colouring page.  I used the first one on the list.  I saved the PDF and opened it in Photoshop where I cropped it to 6x4 inches.  I then printed it twice, once on Very Vanilla and again on Soft Suede.  I have a mini printer that prints 6x4 inch prints, so it was perfect.  I then cut out the Vanilla bits and adhered them to the Soft Suede Charley.  I had cut the paw print on his tummy from the Soft Suede bit, but the Soft Suede bits on his paws were just coloured with my marker.  I was really pleased with how he turned out.

Lots of room on the inside for us all to write a lovely birthday message to the birthday boy.  He loved his card.

Bye for now,


Monday 21 October 2013

Baby Boy Cards


One of Rob's cousins had a baby boy recently and so Rob's mum asked me to make a congrats card for each of the great grandparents, granddad and parents of the new bubba. My stamping ladies had asked to do a technique this month so I decided to combine the two and make some cards using cardstock coloured using the shaving foam technique.  It was so much fun!

I loved the swirly effect the shaving foam technique achieves.  It reminded me of water so I used it as a base for a rubber duckie to swim on.

I think duckie looks pretty happy swimming around on the 'water'.

When you do the shaving foam technique, you don't just colour one piece of cardstock, you keep on going until you have exhausted your foam.  The cardstock on the washing line card was the first one I tried and I didn't quite press it onto the foam enough, especially around the edges.  I ended up cutting it a bit smaller to hide this fact.

Aren't the onesies cute - made using the breast section of the owl punch, as well as the little heart.  The shoulder straps were made using a retired punch, but you could just as easily cut them by hand.

Can't waste any pieces - one of the better offcuts was used on the inside!

In case you are wondering I used Marina Mist and Soft Sky ink refills in the shaving foam and the cardstock I used on the cards was Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight and Whisper White.

Bye for now,


Friday 18 October 2013

JAI #187: Just Add A Sketch


Friday again!

This week at Just Add Ink Paula has designed a fabulous sketch for us to use. It's a great sketch, and I'd imagine there are a heap of different ways to interpret it.

I immediately saw a butterfly in the gap where the sentiment should be.

The butterfly was made by layering punchies from the two butterfly punches and then tying some linen thread around the bodies to create antennae.  The whole thing was the popped up on a Dimensional.

The little sentiment from Express Yourself fit perfectly in the bottom panel, a very happy coincidence.  I tend to cut first and think about these things after!

I punched some extra butterflies for the inside of the card.  This time I split the Linen Thread into 3 sections, just to look a bit more delicate.

When I finished the card I spritzed the whole thing with some Isocol/Shimmer Paint mix.  The recipient loves her bling, and I thought it was a lovely way to give the card a little glitz.

Stamps: Express Yourself (hostess), Memorable Moments
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Primrose Petals
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Primrose Petals, Pink Pirouette
Other: Big Shot, Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint (retired)

I hope you can play along this week with us at Just Add Ink.

Bye for now,


Wednesday 16 October 2013

A Quick Card Today!

A quick and simple card for you today.  I made it early on when the current Annual Catalogue was released. I love the Wildflower Meadow bundle - it's great to have on hand for simple, fast and effective cards.

I combined Crumb Cake with Baked Brown Sugar for this card - they work beautifully together for a tonal effect.

Sorry, I didn't photograph the inside before I wrote in it!!

Stamps: Wildflower Meadow, Label Love
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Baked Brown Sugar, Crumb Cake
Other: Big Shot, Wildflower Meadow Embossing Folder, Artisan Label Punch, Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon, Dimensionals

Bye for now,


Monday 14 October 2013

A Wedding Card


Another one of my nieces got married a couple of weeks ago so the card I have for you today is the card I gave her and her new husband on their happy day.

It was also a card I'd made as a sample for a recent "Hatches, Matches and Dispatches" class. We stamped the Flowering Flourishes image in Illuminate Ink to give a lovely, subtle shimmer to the top of the card.  The embossing along the bottom adds an elegant touch.

I really love white on white wedding cards, and the touch of silver in the sentiment and card base adds a little touch of class.

I kept the inside fairly simple as I usually like to write a fair bit on wedding cards.

Stamps: Flowering Flourishes, Sweet Essentials
Ink: Illuminate Glimmer Watermark, Platinum Shimmer Paint (retired)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Brushed Silver
Other: Big Shot, Delicate Designs Embossing Folder, Large Scallop Edgelit, Organza Ribbon

Bye for now,


Friday 11 October 2013

JAI #186: Just Add Inspiration


Yes, it's Friday again - must be Just Add Ink time!

This week Delys found this gorgeous picture to inspire your papercrafting.  Yes, the challenge is to Just Add A Wreath.

The amount of work in that is just incredible!

I went with the wreath but decided to make a Christmas card. It was still time consuming, but nowhere near as time consuming as the Inspiration Picture I'd bet!

I cut some strips of Gumball Green cardstock that measured around 0.5mm by 15cm and then quilled them by rolling them around the tip of my paper piercer.  I let each one loosen a little before gluing the end down with a little Tombow Glue. I then glued the rolls down around the edge of a Very Vanilla 2 1/2" Circle punchie.  This is really important unless you are expert in creating freehand circles!

Stamps: Sweet Essentials, Christmas Messages, Daydream Medallions
Ink: Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler
Cardstock: Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
Other: 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, Simply Scored Scoring Board, Paper Piercing Tool, Tombow Glue

Will you play along this week at Just Add Ink? How does the Inspiration Picture inspire you?

Bye for now,


Wednesday 9 October 2013

A Catalogue CASE


Sometimes I see a card somewhere that I really like and I end up CASEing it exactly. Other times I see a card, set out to CASE it exactly and it ends up looking very little like the original card.  This is one of those types of cards.

The card that inspired this card is from page 33 of the Annual Catalogue.  You can still see some elements of the original - the pierced circle, the Polka Dot strip. After that it's quite different.

I really love the Happy Day stamp set.  I really should use it more!

Stamps: Happy Day
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
DSP/Cardstock: Polka Dot Parade DSP, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Other: Big Shot, Adorning Accents Edgelit, Paper Piercing Mat and Tool, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Bye for now,


Monday 7 October 2013

A Christmas Gift


Last month for my Holiday Catalogue launch I decided to prepare a 3D item for my guests to make. With Christmas not too far away a little Post-It Note Holder was the perfect project.

These were quite easy to put together, once we'd sorted out all the pieces.  I like my layers so there were quite a few!

I kept the stamp on the front fairly occasion-neutral so that if my guests wanted to give this away on an occasion other than Christmas it was still possible.

We also stamped on the first Post-It Note, but of course that's not the sample I photographed!!

I think I'll be making lots more of these for the kid's teachers at the end of the year.  Teachers always need more Post-It Notes!

Stamps: Label Love
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
DSP/Cardstock: Season Of Style DSP Stack, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Other: Artisan Label Punch, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, Sticky Strip, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Dimensionals, Post-It Notes, Pencil

Bye for now,


Sunday 6 October 2013

JAI Scrap #22: Just Add A Sketch


A bonus post for you this week, as it's time for the new Just Add Ink Scrapbooking Challenge.

This month Delys has given us this gorgeous sketch to work with.  I really love it and I can see myself using it again.

Remember, the sketch it a starting point - you don't have to copy it exactly, just as long as we can still see the basic sketch.

You can see how I changed bits and pieces of the sketch to suit my theme. The photo was one taken at a Narnia Exhibition we went to in Docklands, Melbourne in December last year.

I used some Thickers from my stash for the title.  You can see that I stamped some splodges under the banner.

I used this Smoky Slate DSP from the Eastern Elegance pack as I wanted to create the feel of a snowy winter.  If you know your Narnia you would know that we were photographed at the Lamp Post that Lucy found when she first ventured into Narnia.  It was cold and snowy then, hence the feel of the layout.

Narnia fans would also know why I snipped off one of the posts on the Lamp Post!  I coloured the chipboard with my Chalk Marker from the Holiday Catalogue.  I had to apply several layers to get the right colour, but it's worth the effort as it too looks lovely and snowy. I used some hand cut cardstock to create a glow for the light and more splodges stamped behind it to create a snowy effect.

I had more photos from out visit to the exhibition, so I ended up scrapping a second page for the layout.  I'll show you that another time.

Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge
Ink: Basic Grey, Chalk Marker
DSP/Cardstock: Eastern Elegance DSP, Textured Basic Grey (retired), Smoky Slate, Daffodil Delight
Other: Corner Rounder Punch, Thickers, Chipboard Lamp Post

I hope you can scrap along with us at Just Add Ink this month.

Bye for now,


Friday 4 October 2013

JAI #185: Just Add Colour


Is it really Friday? What happened to Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday?  I think school holidays and sick kids swallowed up those days.  Oh well, better late than never!

This week Delys has given us a gorgeous Colour Combination to work with.  I really loved this combo - so very pretty and feminine.

I was commissioned to make a card for a bride to be on her hen's night.  The wedding theme is vintage, so the card needed to be vintage too. I thought the colours suited the look perfectly.

I didn't have any "Happy Hen's Night" type sentiments, so I decided to leave the front without a sentiment.  I really don't think it needs on anyway.

To 'age' the background DSP I stamped my Dictionary stamp over the top with Sahara Sand ink and then sponged it quite heavily around the edges.

You can see the difference between the starting point and the end result.  It's quite a difference, but quite simple to achieve.

I also used the Dictionary stamp on the flower panel.  To get the rough look I inked up the stamp, leaving it face up on my desk. I then laid the circle punchie on top and pressed lightly with my fingertips to get an uneven image. Love the effect!

I used the same technique to decorate the inside of the card.

Stamps: Dictionary, Simply Sketched, Well Scripted
Ink: Sahara Sand, Raspberry Ripple, Coastal Cabana
DSP/Cardstock: Eastern Elegance DSP, Raspberry Ripple, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla
Other: Big Shot, Paper Doily Die, Circles Collection Framelits, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Victoria Lace Trim, Pearls, Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber, Blender Pen

I hope you can play along this week with us at Just Add Ink. It's such a beautiful colour combination, it's sure to inspire.

Bye for now,